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Hospitalfield House


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Hospitalfield House is a stunning early Arts & Crafts Scottish Baronial country house, left in trust in 1890 to support artists. The organisation runs a programme of public events, including exhibitions, walks and workshops, weekly tours during the summer and residencies for artists.

The distinctive double Walled Garden at Hospitalfield has been redesigned by garden designer Nigel Dunnett. The scheme was developed to reveal the unique horticultural history of the site at Hospitalfield, which has been tended as a garden for over 800 years. In 2023, Hospitalfield’s Garden features sculptures by Scottish-Italian artist Eduardo Paolozzi and contemporary artist Emma Hart. Two commissions are exhibited in the House by Hardeep Pandhal and Emma Hart which can be seen via a Tour.

The Fernery at Hospitalfield was designed in 1872 by Patrick Allan-Fraser as a grotto-like building intended to house a collection of New Zealand tree ferns that were presented to him by Captain Peter Logan. This is the only surviving Fernery on the east coast of Scotland, and one of only four buildings of this type in Scotland.

The Garden Café is located in a bright and sunny spot that commands a wonderful view of the gardens. The light filled space opens out onto a terrace so that you can choose to sit inside or outside and the menu changes weekly, featuring an abundance of fine local produce, freshly prepared using home grown vegetables and herbs straight from the garden.

During Doors Open Days, enjoy a guided tour of the house. Tours will be available at 11am, 12 noon and 2pm on Saturday 9 September and at 12 noon and 2pm on Sunday 10 September. Booking is advised but there may be places left on the door each day. Book online at

Also on Saturday 9 September, from 11am to 5pm, Hospitalfield are running a Study Day on Artists Archives, and launching two new art works which everyone is welcome to sign up for. Sign up at


Key Information

Booking is advised but there may be places left on the door each day. Book online at

Where to find us

  • Westway
  • Arbroath
  • DD11 2NH

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